Visiting Santa’s Lapland and Saariselka Inn
On Christmas Eve we set off on our once in a lifetime trip to Santa’s Lapland with three very excited little girls. You may have seen in our earlier post that we had only told them about the trip at the beginning of the week before Christmas so excitement levels were very high!
Flight to Santa’s Lapland
We arrived at Manchester Airport for 5am and immediately knew we were in the right place. Check in was full of families in Christmas jumpers and Santa hats and the staff at check had fun hats on too. The kids gave them their own boarding passes (you can download them here if you like) and we handed over the passports. The kids were a little worried that the elves might not be able to come with us as they didn’t have their own passports but the check in staff reassured them elves didn’t need them to get to Lapland. It was a nice touch.
Top Tip: Print off the kids their own boarding passes for Lapland and get them to wear Christmas jumpers and Santa Hats – you need to wear yours too! It’s all part of the fun!
Printable Lapland Boarding Pass | Santa’s Lapland
Our check in and time in Manchester Airport was really smooth going, early Christmas Eve for us was a quiet time to fly, and we boarded a very excited flight that left Manchester at 6.50am.
The flight team created a nice atmosphere on the flight, even at one point inviting all the kids to the front of the plane to sing Christmas songs to us all.
Top Tip: Take your own picnic for on the plane and for the transfer to resort as it will go over lunchtime. You can buy snacks on the plane but the service isn’t guaranteed. We also went through a lot of sandwiches and snacks.
Arrival in Invano Aiport
We flew over a beautiful snowy Finland which filled the kids with much excitement and they couldn’t wait to get off the flight and throw snowballs.
Top Tip: Make sure you travel in warm winter coats and have hats, gloves and scarves with you to put on. It really is freezing as soon as you land and the kids won’t want to rush into the airport when they’ve just arrived into snow.
We were advised by the flight team that we would be kept on the aeroplane for 5-10 minutes whilst the flight before us cleared the airport. It’s a very small airport and they explained that it was warmer to keep us on until we could fit in. It literally was only 5 minutes and then we got into the baggage reclaim to be greeted by elves! Chatting, giggling, singing elves. Our luggage arrived quickly and we were given our coach name. Coach ‘Dancer’ was to be our coach for the 3 days and would take us to our hotel.
We met a reindeer outside the airport and the elves were out there being cheeky too, singing and dancing and throwing snowballs at the coaches. They certainly work hard the elves!
Coach to Saariselka
The trip to Saariselka takes only 25 minutes and you’re encouraged to sing loudly and get excited about your trip. Singing and allowing your inner child to escape is a theme of the trip and you just need to get onboard!
We stopped a couple of minutes away from the Saariselka Inn where we were staying to get fitted for our thermal suits. This is really well done and the staff hold suits up against you to check your size. It means the whole process doesn’t take very long and you’re soon back on the bus with bags full of thermal clothes.
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